What is Windows Mobility Center and How to Use it?
Microsoft has lots of default tools hidden in Windows operating system. Windows Mobility Center is one such a default tool many of us do not use. As the name indicates, this tool is meant for mobile devices like Windows laptop and tablets. However, you can use a registry edit to make this available on your desktop PC as well. In this article, let us explore more on how to access Windows Mobility Center and the available options.
Open Windows Mobility Center
As usual, Windows offers many ways to open mobility center tool.
1. Use Run Prompt
- Press “Win + R” to open Run prompt.
- Type mblctr and press “OK” button.
2. From Power User Menu
- Press “Win + X” keys in Windows 10 laptops to open power user menu on top of the Start button.
- Select “Mobility Center” option.
Note: Win + X keys will directly open Mobility Center in Windows 7 and earlier versions. However, it opens power user menu in Windows 10.
3. Use Windows Search Box
The easiest option is to use Windows search to find the tool. Type mobility center and filter the results from the search results to open the tool.
What Can I Do with Mobility Center?
Windows Mobility Center tool will look like below.
As you can see, the tool offers the following settings that you can quickly adjust.
- Brightness – increase or decrease the brightness of your display
- Volume – change or mute the speaker volume
- Battery Status – shows the status of the remaining battery percentage, plugged to power and charging. You can click on the dropdown to quickly change the power settings to power saver to save battery when you are running out of power. Alternatively, select high performance option to optimize the settings for better performance.
- External Display – check the status of your external monitor connection. You can click on “Connect/ Disconnect display” button to connect/disconnect external monitor.
- Sync Center – check the status of sync errors.
- Presentation Settings – turn on/off presentation mode.
This is a one-stop tool you can use to control all these settings with few mouse clicks. In addition, you can use this tool for troubleshooting purposes like checking whether external monitor is connected or not. Instead of plugging in and removing the monitor cable, use this tool to connect or disconnect when you are troubleshooting.
Enable Windows Mobility Center in Desktop PC
Do not get confused if you are not seeing this tool on your computer. As mentioned, this tool is available only on laptops and tablets that use battery. By default, the tool is disabled on desktop computers. If you like Windows Mobility Center, follow the below instructions to enable it on your desktop.
- Press “Win + R” top open Run prompt.
- Type regedit and open Windows Registry editor.
- You have to create two DWORDS key and assign parameters.
- Go to “Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MobilePC\AdaptableSettings” folder.
- Right click inside the empty area and create new DWORD key.
- Name the key as SkipBatteryCheck and double click on it (or right click and select “Modify…”). Enter the value data as 1 and click “OK” button.
- Similarly, go to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MobilePC\MobilityCenter” folder and create a new DWORD key. Name it as RunOnDesktop and set the value data as 1.
Basically, these two registry keys will skip the battery check and enable running mobility center on desktop computer. Now, you should be able to open Windows Mobility Center tool using one of the above-explained method on your PC.